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WARD-Generating Civil Society


Published 2005


Ward are giving us music with which to describe and analyze the schizophrenic experience. Themes are perpetually folding and unfolding. Instruments pass into one another, communicating and inverting. This is a video that attempts to investigate and express some of the curiousness and quirky ideas that Ward intensifies.

Generating Civil Society (Music by Ward)
Director: David Meme

Generating Civil Society is a stopmotion animation that explores the meaning and form of commons based peer-production (See the work of Yocahi Benkler) through the use of intertextuality and interdiscursivity in the production of a music video. Throughout the film, numerous references and visual citations are made (such as to the 'commons' in Hardt & Negri's groundbreaking book Empire) to explore how through the reuse of culture we can develop new and innovative visual works. The storyline, characters and narrative were shaped through reference to a question of pure mindless consumption (represented by the yellow monster) against that of engaging with, and reflecting on previous cultural resources, ideas and concepts together with the importance of a non-instrumental creative moment in art and music. The recursive relationship with the title Generating Civil Society is developed through the importance of culture and cultural history to the project of generating and sustaining a strong civil society through which helps citizens to engage fully in their lives and society (See for example Lawrence Lessig's work). Copyright culture is clearly a threat to democratic self-expression and unrestrained creativity and the importance of a commons, a reservoir of culture that we can all draw upon, is key to future creativity.

The film was recorded over three days in a small studio space in the University of Sussex (UK) using a digital camera and a laptop and Framemaker, the final piece was assembled and post-produced using Final Cut Pro. The final edit took a day and the resultant work was uploaded to archive.org with a Creative Commons Attribution-Share-alike license


Run time 4:13
Producer David Meme
Production Company locarecords.com
Sponsor Loca Records
Audio/Visual sound, color
Contact Information info@locarecords.com

Credits

Music by WARD

Animation by David Meme

Karl Marx as Himself

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Reviewer: Clare Dyer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2005
Subject: Very funny

This is a very interesting music video that reminds me of Morph (a hit for anyone who remembers Tony Hart nostalgicly).

I loved the yellow monster and Karl Marx (esp. the mouth shouting ;-) the stopframe/stopmotion animation is always great to watch as it is such a strange effect.

As it is released BY-SA you can also reuse it which is exactly the cool thing about the Open Source archive here.

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